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A Moment In The Sun

Australia | Documentary | Environment

An informative, fascinating documentary paying tribute to an unsung founding father of renewable energy in Australia and the team of scientists and cycling enthusiasts who joined him on the World Solar Challenge in 1986.

In the early days of solar vehicle racing, one of the most unlikely competitors was a Turkish nuclear physicist living in Australia named Ugur Ortabasi. He conceived a four-seated, solar-powered, tandem bicycle only a mother could love, but in true underdog fashion, it would go on to win the 1986 World Championships of Solar Vehicles. The story behind this unlikely victory was anything but sunshine and smooth sailing.

Join us for a Q&A following the Sunday screening at HOTA.

Director: Leslie Ortabasi, Oktay Ortabasi
Cast: Ugur Ortabasi 
Duration: 70 mins
Rating: All Ages  
Country: Australia
Official selections: Toronto, Chicago, London

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Saturday 17 April, 4.30pm – BCC Coolangatta

Sunday 18 April, 10am – Theatre 1, HOTA Home of the Arts

Tickets: $17 adults, $14 concession


Can’t make it in person? Watch the film online during the Festival by purchasing a Digital Screening Ticket. 

Digital Screening Ticket: $17 per film.


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